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Why the Topic of Bioethics in Science Classes?

A New Look at an Old Debate

by Carolyn Csongradi

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A generous interpretation of all these data is that humans might learn anything at any time given sufficient stimulation with rare exception. Exceptions, such as autistics who seem not to develop empathy for others, despite repeated exposure, are demonstrating a different neural learning program. Perhaps a more rationale conclusion is one which acknowledges that each species is primed to receive certain kinds of information which is most easily incorporated during critical windows of developmental opportunity. The nervous system likely has periods of greater flexibility with respect to learning in culturally sensitive periods. What also seems clear is that the loss of brain plasticity is neither linear with time nor completely predictable.

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